Martí-Franquès COFUND Fellowship Programme


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Health Sciences

Supervisor name and surname:

Josefa Canals Sans

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Co-supervisor name and surname:

Victoria Arija Val

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PhD programme:

Health, Psychology and Psychiatry

Title of the research project:

Clinical, Psychosocial And Biological Predictors of the Course of Neurodevelopment Disorders: A Prospective Study In School Population. Epined II

Description of the research project:

1.This project is part of the Research Challenge "Health, demographic change and well-being" of the Spanish Strategy for Science and Technology and Innovation (RTI2018-097124-B-I00). This is a prospective longitudinal study, called EPINED II, which evaluates a representative sample of schoolchildren from all the regions of the province of Tarragona of two age groups (4-5 years and 10-11 years) that were detected as risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These schoolchildren and other group without risk were clinical and cognitive evaluated and DSM-5 diagnosis of ASD and ADHD were performed. This first part of the research (EPINED) allowed to obtain the epidemiology of both disorders of the neurodevelopment (NDD) in non-clinical population. The current project aims to investigate the clinical evolution of the children NDD diagnosed, but also of the children with subclinical syndrome, with risk and controls without risk. We have observed an increasing prevalence of these disorders, as has been showed in other countries. The ASD and the ADHD affect the subject from the first stages of life, persist in their development and affect their quality of life while they produce a significant emotional, social and economic impact on their families. Multidisciplinary knowledge of the factors that help us predict the clinical course of NDD is very important to guide detection (in the educational or family setting) and early and specific intervention, and thus reduce the dysfunctional effect of these disorders. The results obtained will be useful in the elaboration of clinical protocols and in the development of preventive interventions that favor the well-being of society in general.

2. The general objective of the EPINED-II project is to investigate clinical, cognitive, biological, psychosocial and environmental predictors of the evolution of NDD by prospectively monitoring a sample of the school population (representative of the province of Tarragona) without risk of ASD or ADHD and at risk or with a diagnosis of these disorders in two evolutionary stages, which were extensively evaluated in the EPINED project.

Highly desirable attributes of the ideal candidate

* Hold a Master degree, or equivalent, in: Child clinical psychology
* Language skills: English and Spanish
* Specific Software skills: SPSS or other data processing programs
* Other skills: Psychological experience with children and their families, research experience
* Personality traits: Ability to work in a group, share with other researchers
Ethics: This project involves ethical aspects

Workplace Location: Campus Sescelades, Tarragona

Gross anual salary:

27103.20 €


Full time

Working hours:

37.5 hours a week

Earliest expected start date:

14 February 2022

European union This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 945413